Heart Scan Tells You How Old Your Heart Is

Last Revised on November 10, 2007

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Your heart doesn’t have to be the same age as you. You ask why? Because healthier people have hearts that are working like the hearts of young people. So do you wanna know how old exactly your heart is? Ok. It is called Heart Scan.

Heart Scan is a Coronary Calcium Scoring method that evaluates your risk for heart diesease in less than one hour with CT scan. As you can tell from the name of the procedure, heart scan tell us how much calcium has accumulated in our arteries, it tells you exactly how old they are, it tells us the risk of developing coronary artery disease.

When young, soft fatty plaque in an artery bursts out, it can cause a sudden heart attack or even a death. These plaques can also contain cholesterol, calcium, muscle cells, and connective tissue. Most of the time sudden heart attack doesn’t happen—it just causes a little hole in the vessel. To firm up the injury, our body sends calcium and other substances that eventually forms a scar. Through these accumulated plaques, doctors can tell how fast we are developing and rupturing our soft fatty plaques and score accordingly.
This score is used to provide a rough estimate of the risk of future cardiac events (defined as nonfatal heart attack or sudden cardiac death). By using comparative studies with patients who undergo coronary angiograms (a test in which dye is injected into the coronary arteries to assess the number and severity of coronary artery plaques), the calcium score has been demonstrated to give a rough estimate of the severity of coronary artery blockages that are present.

People with the following risk factors are highly advised to get the Heart Scan: family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, stressful lifestyle, men over 35, postmenopausal women, sedentary lifestyle.

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